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Sunshine Coast Whale Research Project

Whale Ho! Seismic Airguns and Whale Behaviour.

This month Horizon’s at Peregian once again makes a splash by playing host to a collaboration of great minds investigating the effects of seismic air guns on the behaviour of humpback whales during their migratory path. A record 80 marine biology students from all parts of the world together with the scientific team are headquartered here at Peregian Beach for this two-month project. This project is known by the acronym BRAHSS (Behavioral response of Australian Humpback whales to seismic surveys) and is led by the University of Queensland. The Participating Institutions include the Universities of Queensland, Sydney, Newcastle and the Curtin University of Technology in addition to the Australian Antarctic Division and the Australian Defense Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). This is a four year project and follows on from several smaller studies previously conducted by the university studying the effects of sound on humpback behaviour. The study will be one of the largest and most comprehensive studies on the effects of noise on whales ever undertaken. Guests of Horizons during the project period would have the unique opportunity of being invited to the research centre where they will be able to listen to the whales as they communicate. Stay tuned for further updates regarding this exciting project.